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Arts & Culture Calendar: Nov. 29 to Dec. 5, 2018


Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Thursday, 29 Dance

Tango Class and Practica: 6 to 9:30 p.m. Beginners and fundamentals at 6, developing sequences at 7, and practica at 8. $5 to $25. Northampton Center for the Arts, 5 Strong Ave., Suite 202, Northampton. 413-549-3722. wow@henrylappen.com.

Literary Arts

Book Talk and Social Commentary with Jim Barnhill: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Barnhill discusses the misuse of wealth to distort law into an instrument of oppression as explored in his new mystery, “Dirt Road to Death.” Free. Jones Library, 43 Amity St., Amherst. 413-259-3223. ryanj@joneslibrary.org.

Fiction Reading: Amy Bloom: 8 to 9 p.m. Followed by refreshments. Free. Amherst’s College’s Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115, Fayerweather Drive, Amherst. 413-542-8200. crnewman@amherst.edu.

Poetry Reading and Q&A with Rhina P. Espaillat: 4:30 p.m. Along with scholars Nancy Kang and Silvio A. Torres-Saillant, authors of the recently published book, “The Once and Future Muse: The Poetry and Poetics of Rhina P. Espaillat.” Wright Hall’s Poetry Center, 5 Chapin Drive, Northampton.

New Play Reading Series “In Session”: 7:30 p.m. Written and directed by Smith College student Marty Bongfeldt. Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Theater 100, 122 Green St., Northampton.

Wine and Books — An Evening with Local Authors: 7:15 p.m. Free. Glendale Ridge Vineyard, 155 Glendale Road, Southampton. 413-527-9480. jdouglass@cwmars.org.

Music

Kaia Kater with Lily Sexton of Mamma’s Marmalade: 7:30 p.m. Kater’s banjo skills and jazz-fueled voice have garnered international acclaim. Sexton plays Appalachian old-time and bluegrass rhythms. $15 in advance; $20 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

“Winter Wonders”: 7:30 p.m. Symphony band and percussion ensemble. Includes music by Percy Grainger, Leroy Anderson and other seasonal favorites. $5 to $10. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst.

“A Beethoven Cycle”: 8 p.m. Beethoven’s works presented by pianist Jiayan Sun. Sage Hall’s Sweeney Concert Hall, 144 Green St., Northampton.

Luke Baillargeon: 6 to 8 p.m. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800. info@logcabin-delaney.com.

The Thursday Experiment: 7:30 p.m. The Thursday Experiment, hosted by Bonnie Kane, presents the cutting edge of improvising and experimental music, with new shows monthly. $5 suggested donation. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-650-2670. hello@gatewaycityarts.com.

Valley Jazz Voices: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Directed by Jeff Olmsted, VJV performs a rich and diverse repertoire drawing from swing, bebop, cool, Brazilian and pop inspired jazz arrangements. Free. Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz St., Northampton. valleyjazzvoices@gmail.com.

Mary Witt & John Caban: 6 to 8 p.m. $8. Iconica Social Club, 1 Amber Lane, Northampton.

Theater

“In the Heights/In Holyoke: A Latina/o Cultural Project and Symposium”: 4:30 to 6 p.m. Conference on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway production and connection to the local community. Free. Mount Holyoke College’s Mary Woolley Hall, 50 College St., South Hadley. espanolmtholyoke@gmail.com.

“What of the Night?”: 7:30 p.m. By María Irene Fornés. Directed by Vishnupad Barve. $5 to $15. Curtain Theater, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst.

Potpourri

Drag Queen Bingo: 8 to 10:30 p.m. $10 for 10 rounds. Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke. 413-650-2670. hello@gatewaycityarts.com.

Friday, 30Dance

Amherst International Folk Dancing: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Line, circle and couple dances from the Balkans, Middle East and Eastern Europe. No partner needed. See amherstfolkdancing.org for location. $3 to $10. Various Amherst locations. 413-549-6748. eva@amherstfolkdancing.org.

Learn to Contra Dance: Free workshop 7 to 8 p.m.; regular dance 8 to 11 p.m. for $10. David Kaynor teaches and calls with fiddler Ron Grosslein and the Guiding Star Contra Dance Ensemble. Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St., Greenfield. guidingstargrange.org/events.

Literary Arts

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair: 5 to 9 p.m., with a special collections curator’s roundtable at 4 p.m. in the Graham Hall auditorium. Free. Smith College, 10 Elm St., Northampton. mdb@northamptonbookfair.com.

Music

Lighting of the Merry Maple: 3 to 7 p.m. Free. Amherst Town Common, South Pleasant Street, Amherst. 413-687-9661. claudia@amherstarea.com.

Mount Holyoke College Flute Choir: 7 to 8 p.m. Mozart, Khatchaturian, a medley of classic rock and music from Disney’s “Tangled.” Alison Hale directs. Free. Mount Holyoke College’s McCulloch Auditorium in Pratt Hall, 50 College St., South Hadley. 413-538-2306. cwrobles@mtholyoke.edu.

Barrett Anderson Band: 9 p.m. to midnight. Hypno-boogie blues. Winner of the Boston Music Award for Best Blues Artist of 2013. Free. Deja Brew Café & Pub, 57 Lockes Village Road, Wendell.

Bluegrass and Beyond Session: 9:30 p.m. to midnight. The best bluegrass players from the area come to jam. Come listen or join in. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

Chamber Singers of Keene Concert: 7 to 9 p.m. The choir’s first concert under the direction of Patty Meyer, choral director from Brattleboro, Vt., with piano accompaniment by Cheryl Sharrock. $12 in advance at The Toadstool Bookshop in Keene, N.H.; $15 at the door. St. James Episcopal Church, 44 West St., Keene, N.H. 603-355-4760. pamdknight@gmail.com.

Consider The Source with Strange Machines: 9 p.m. Consider the Source plays Indian/Middle Eastern rock, fusion and jazz. Strange Machines plays jam fusion blending rock, reggae, funk and livetronica. $12 to $15. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

David Bartley’s House Party: 7 to 9 p.m. Blues and jazz. Musician friends are invited to come by, sit in, sing a few or take a solo. Free. Brew Practitioners, 36 Main St., Florence. dbartley123@gmail.com.

Elm Chamber Ensemble: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Works by Piston, Bernstein and Brahms in a benefit concert for St. John’s Episcopal Church. $25 or by donation. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Elm St., Northampton. 413-584-1757. office@stjohnsnorthampton.org.

Euridice Baroque Orchestra: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Charpentier Noels pour les Instruments, the Corelli Christmas Concerto, Purcell’s Abdelazar Suite. Directed by Robert Eisenstein. Free. UMass Amherst’s Bezanson Recital Hall, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst. 413-538-2306. cwrobles@mtholyoke.edu.

Flathead Rodeo: 8 to 11:30 p.m. A high-energy rockabilly/roots/country/western swing band. Free. The Harp Irish Pub, 163 Sunderland Road, Amherst.

Hadley Friday Ukulele Strum: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For beginners and intermediate players. Free. Goodwin Memorial Library, 50 Middle St., Hadley. 413-584-7451. luna.hadleylibrary@gmail.com.

Home Body, Patsy Clone and Deep Seize: 8 to 11 p.m. $8 to $10. The Stone Church, 210 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-579-9960. leslie@stonechurchvt.com.

Jim Eagan: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Singer-songwriter playing folk and blues favorites and some original tunes. Free. Chester Common Table, 30 Main St., Chester. chestercommontable@gmail.com.

Madhouse Local Concert Series: 7 to 8:30 p.m. $5. Northampton Community Music Center, 139 South St., Northampton. 413-585-0001. sam@ncmc.net.

Shawn Santinello: 7 to 11 p.m. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800. info@logcabin-delaney.com.

Valley Music Showcase Finals: 7:30 p.m. Old Flame, Snowhaus, Heavy Calm, Tales of Joy and Fighting Giants compete for grand prizes. Original music. Celebrity judges. With special guest, FAT. $9.50 in advance; $12 at the door. New City Brewery, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 413-203-9764. valleymusicshowcase@gmail.com.

Theater

“In the Heights/In Holyoke: A Latina/o Cultural Project and Symposium”: 2 to 5 p.m. See Thursday’s listing.

“A Christmas Carol”: 7:30 p.m. $8 to $14. Reservations suggested. Barre Players Theater, 64 Common St., Barre. 978-355-2096. barreplayerstheater.com.

“Twelfth Night (Or What You Will”: 7:30 p.m. Featuring live music by Chris Devine. $15. Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. nohoarts.org.

“What of the Night?”: 7:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Art

Brattleboro-West Arts Fine Art and Craft Sale: 4 to 8 p.m. 118 Elliot St., Brattleboro, Vt. 802-258-6475. verbatimvt@gmail.com.

Festivals & Fairs

Strolling of the Heifers Quilt Expo: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a 5 p.m. screening of “The Quilts of Gee’s Bend” at Latchis Theatre. The River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt.

Saturday, 1Dance

Greenfield Greendance: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Freestyle boogie. Try it for 30 minutes free. $5 to $10; free for children ages 9 and under. The Episcopal Church of St. James and Andrew, 71 Federal St., Greenfield. 413-658-7011. jasper@dancespree.org.

The Equalites Reggae Dance Party: 9 p.m. to midnight. Free. Deja Brew Café & Pub, 57 Lockes Village Road, Wendell.

Literary Arts

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Storytime with Illustrator Kevin Barry: 2 p.m. Join Barry as he reads from his new picture book, “Kindergarrrten Bus.” $6 to $22.50 museum admission. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. workstudy@carlemuseum.org.

Song & Story Swap with Guest Terry Kitchen: 7 p.m. $10 suggested donation. The Nacul Center, 592 Main St., Amherst.

Music

AEIOUkes: 10 a.m. to noon. A community ukulele club meets to sing together and practice playing. New members of all levels and listeners welcome. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbeslibrary.org.

Soprano Sirgourney Cook Performance and Dinner: 6:30 p.m. $85; does not include beverages, tax or gratuity. RSVP by calling 413-665-2102 or by emailing info@blueherondining.com. Blue Heron Restaurant, 112 North Main St., Sunderland.

48th Community Messiah Sing: 1 p.m. A benefit for the homeless. William McKim will serve as organist. Soloists include veteran volunteers Junko Watanabe, soprano, Walter Cramer, tenor, and Cailin Marcel Manson, baritone, while Julie Olsson steps in to sing the alto solos for the first time. Joyana Damon will add trumpet highlights. Attendees are encouraged to bring donations of nonperishable food, winter outerwear, long johns and blankets, as well as new unwrapped toys. Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt.

Benefit Concert for Haiti, Featuring Katherine First and Kitchen Party: 7 to 9 p.m. $15 suggested donation. All Souls Church, 399 Main St., Greenfield. lrmharrison@charter.net.

“Exile in Guyville” Night: Locals Play Liz Phair: 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. $10. Flywheel, 43 Main St., Easthampton. 413-530-0620. Tanya@womenofrock.org.

The Healys: 7 to 11 p.m. Live Irish music. Free. The Mick, 3 Country Club Road, Holyoke. 413-532-1800. info@logcabin-delaney.com.

Klezperanto: 8 to 10:30 p.m. An all-star line-up of Boston’s best musicians re-groove traditional klezmer and Mediterranean melodies, and rip up Romanian surf tunes and cumbias. $15 in advance; $20 at the door. New City Brewery, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 413-687-5584. edo@laduable.productions.

Louise Mosrie: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. An award-winning Americana/folk singer-songwriter who sings songs and tells stories of love, loss and redemption. Free. Bread Euphoria Bakery & Cafe, 206 Main St., Haydenville. 413-268-7757. hilaryemersonlay@gmail.com.

Lucy Kaplansky: 7:30 p.m. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton.

Pioneer Valley Brass: 4 p.m. Holiday music. Free. Central Congregational Church, 93 South Main St., Orange.

The Modifieds: 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Indie rock trio from Connecticut. Free. The Rendezvous, 78 3rd St., Turners Falls. 413-863-2866. voobooking@gmail.com.

Third Annual Western Massachusetts Flute Day: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Clinics and classes with flute faculty member Cobus du Toit and guest flutists Jill Felber and Julianna Nickel; a master class with Felber, Angeleita Floyd and Claudia Anderson; mini lessons by Dr. Lea Pearson; and a presentation by astronaut Cady Coleman about flute playing in outer space. Ends with a performance by du Toit, Nickel, the UMass Flute Ensemble and guest artist ZAWA! at 5 p.m. $20 in advance; $30 day of event. Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst.

“Holiday Card to Amherst”: 7:30 p.m. Chamber choir, chorale and women’s choir. Second annual event featuring holiday and seasonal favorites, plus an audience sing-along. $5 to $10. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst.

She Said CD Release Concert: 7:30 p.m. Local all-women band’s debut CD features tunes from traditions of blues, rock, jazz and country music that are infused, at times, with a punk vibe. $10 to $15. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

Theater

“A Christmas Carol”: 7:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Twelfth Night (Or What You Will”: 7:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“What of the Night?”: 7:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Comedy

“The Understudies: An Improvised Musical”: 7 to 9 p.m. The Understudies improvise a musical, with help from the audience. Showcase/improv jam follows. $10. Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Valley Road, Hadley. info@happiervalley.com.

Film

“Alternate Endings, Activist Risings”: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. A collaboration with Visual AIDS, the Smith College Poetry Center and SCMA. Free. Smith College Museum of Art, 20 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2760. scmagen@smith.edu.

“Just Another Mile”: 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A documentary by Gloria Matlock about racism, resilience and perseverance in a small Ohio community. Free. First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St., Greenfield.

Art

Brattleboro-West Arts Fine Art and Craft Sale: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Open Studio Show and Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lots of art on sale at 20 percent off. 71 Morgan Circle, Amherst. 413-244-6785. suekatzart@comcast.net.

Studio Art Sale with Astrid Sheckels: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Original paintings, giclee prints, signed books, greeting cards and calendars. 2 Mead St., Greenfield. 413-512-3558. astridsheckels.com.

Fourth Annual Holiday Open House: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With Kristin Nicholas, Deborah Garner, Gail Callahan and Alicia Hunsicker. Leyden Glen Sheep Farm, 31 Glen Road, Leyden.

Holiday Store and Art Exhibit: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments and music. Leverett Crafts & Arts, Barnes Gallery, 13 Montague Road, Leverett. 413-548-9070. leverettcraftsandarts@gmail.com.

Festivals & Fairs

Northampton Winter Craft Fair: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy 90 juried artisans, a silent auction, live music and a children’s book sale. $5. Northampton High School, 380 Elm St., Northampton. 413-259-3345. bbbshc@CHD.org.

Gifts Galore Marketplace: Noon to 5 p.m. First Congregational Church of Southampton, 212 College Highway, Southampton. 413-527-1173. churchoffice@shcong.org.

Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sewing, crochet, wood items, salsa, wreaths, jewelry, embroidery, candy, lunch specials, bake sale, raffle and crafts for children. Conway Grammar School, 24 Fournier Road, Conway. 413-369-0248. shami_97@msn.com.

WinterFest in Ashfield: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cookie sales, music, raffle and crafts. First Congregational Church & St. John’s Corner, Main Street, Ashfield. 413-628-3268. judy@southfacefarm.com.

Holiday Stroll: 5 to 8 p.m. Main Street will be filled with music, games and holiday cheer. Free. Main Street, Northampton. amy@northamptondna.com.

Saint Nicholas Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Antiques, collectibles, jewelry, games, toys, artwork, handcrafted items, books, CDs and DVDs. Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Ave., Amherst. 413-256-6754. dfedera@gmail.com.

Winter Craft Fair: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gifts, puppet show, children’s crafts, silent auction and a raffle to win a trip to Paris. Monadnock Waldorf School, 98 South Lincoln Street, Keene, N.H. 603-357-4442. info@monadnockwaldorfschool.org.

North Hinsdale Community Church Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Featuring area craftspeople, a Chinese auction, bake sale and lunch items. Millstream Community Center, 19 Main St., Hinsdale, N.H. 802-579-5475. bbandmb@comcast.net.

St. John’s Christmas Fair: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fine crafts, jewelry, gifts, cookies and more. Florence Elk’s Lodge, 17 Spring St., Florence. 413-584-1757. office@stjohnsnorthampton.org.

Christmas Bazaar: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Featuring handmade crafts, decorated wreaths, holiday cookie platters, a raffle, hot beverages, chili and soup. Guilford Community Church, 38 Church Drive, Guilford, Vt.

Victorian Holiday Decorations Open House: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Amherst Woman’s Club, 35 Triangle St., Amherst. 413-549-6865. catharineb@gmail.com.

Strolling of the Heifers Quilt Expo: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Potpourri

“Cozy December Day: Celebrate with Songs and Sweets”: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Spend a December day as early New Englanders did with activities the whole family will enjoy. Songs and stories by Tim Van Egmond from 11 to 1. Make a handmade gift, go on a horse-drawn wagon ride and enjoy an open hearth baking demonstration. $5 to $18. museum admission. Historic Deerfield, 84 Old Main St., Deerfield. 413-775-7214. info@historic-deerfield.org.

Sunday, 2Dance

French and Breton Music and Dance Party: 4 to 6 p.m. Live music. Dances are easy, forgiving and fun — circles, lines and couple dances. Hors d’oeuvres potluck. $7 donation requested. Polish American Citizens Club, 43 South Main St., South Deerfield. 413-548-9330. cynthia@crocker.com.

Literary Arts

Reading and Book Signing with Julie Dobrow: 2 p.m. Amherst Women’s Club, 35 Triangle St., Amherst.

Music

Banish Misfortune, Traditional Irish Music: 3 to 6 p.m. Traditional Irish hornpipes, reels, jigs, waltzes, polkas, airs, songs and craic. Free. Northampton Brewery, 11 Brewster Court, Northampton. 413-586-4997. davemeuser@msn.com.

Mister G CD Release Concert: 2:30 p.m. A CD release concert for the album “Seeds of Shalom.” Free. Lander-Grinspoon Academy, 257 Prospect St., Northampton.

Christmas Music Program by The Fanfare Brass Choir: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Free. First Congregational Church, 6 Searle Road, Huntington. 413-686-5027. tbn8@aol.com.

Amherst College Christmas Vespers: 4 and 7:30 p.m. Lessons and carols. Free. Johnson Chapel, Quadrangle Drive, Amherst.

Christmas Vespers: 4 p.m. Holiday service of lessons and carols. Donations collected for Hampshire Interfaith Cot Shelter. John M. Greene Hall, 60 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2787. artsinfo@smith.edu.

Joe Belmont Experience with Special Guest Barbara Ween: 6 p.m. Veterans of the Northeast music scene playing jazz, funk, jam and blues. Ween is a local jazz vocalist. $10 in advance; $15 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

Kirtan with Dave Russell: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Call and response group singing of powerful melodic Sanskrit chants from sweet to rocking. $12 to $20 suggested donation. The Yoga Sanctuary, Thornes Market, 150 Main St., Third Floor, Northampton. 413-374-0789. dave@daverussellkirtan.com.

Mount Holyoke College’s Annual Holiday Vespers: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Known for its candlelight procession. Stephanie Council, Mark Gionfriddo and Alison Hale direct. Larry Schipull, organ. Free. Mount Holyoke College’s Abbey Chapel, 50 College St., South Hadley. 413-538-2306. cwrobles@mtholyoke.edu.

Schola Nova Lessons and Carols: 3 to 4:30 p.m. A ceremony of carols by Benjamin Britten for voices and harp, featuring harpist Tara Alterman. Free. St. Anne Parish, 30 College St., Chicopee. 860-961-7827. secretbear88@msn.com.

Sunday Jazz with Taylor McCoy & Ryan Fess: 2 to 4 p.m. The Connecticut-based McCoy-Fess Duo will be playing jazz standards. Free. Mill 180 Park, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton. 413-977-1538. art@susannawhite.com.

Pioneer Valley Brass Holiday Concert: 4 p.m. Free. Montague Congregational Church, 4 North St., Montague.

Theater

“A Christmas Carol”: 2 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

“Twelfth Night (Or What You Will”: 6:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Film

“The Prince and the Dybbuk”: 2 to 3:30 p.m. The story of Moshe Walks, the son of a poor Jewish blacksmith, who built a Hollywood empire and made the classic film “The Dybbuk.” $4 to $8. Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., Amherst. 413-256-4900. programs@yiddishbookcenter.org.

Art

Brattleboro-West Arts Fine Art and Craft Sale: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

Open Studio Show and Sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Fourth Annual Holiday Open House: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Holiday Store and Art Exhibit: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Festivals & Fairs

WinterFest in Ashfield: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Northampton Winter Craft Fair: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. See Saturday’s listing.

Potpourri

Holyoke Chanukah Menorah Lighting and Celebration: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Holyoke City Hall, 536 Dwight St., Holyoke. 413-534-3369. Office@sonsofZionholyoke.org.

Monday, 3Dance

English Country Dancing: 7 to 9:30 p.m. No partner needed. Bring soft-soled shoes. Live music. $8 to $10. Munson Library, 1046 Southeast St., South Amherst. robinhayden.o@gmail.com. amherstecd.org.

Literary Arts

Creative Writing Classes for Adults 55 and Older: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $76.50 to $90. The Eric Carle Museum, 125 West Bay Road, Amherst. workstudy@carlemuseum.org.

Poetry Discussion Group: Poetry of the Marine Sciences: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Facilitated by Naila Moreira. Free. Forbes Library, 20 West St., Northampton. 413-587-1012. reference@forbeslibrary.org.

Film

Local Filmmakers Showcase: 6 to 9 p.m. Local filmmakers will screen four short films. $5 to $10 suggested donation. 33 Hawley St., Northampton. 413-586-5553. lisathompson@apearts.org.

“The Rest I Make Up”: 4 p.m. An award-winning documentary about Maria Irene Fornes. Followed by a Q&A and reception with filmmaker Michelle Memran. Free. Herter Hall Room 231, 161 Presidents Drive, Amherst.

Tuesday, 4Literary Arts

“Saving Mona Lisa” with Gerri Chanel: 7:30 to 9 p.m. “Saving Mona Lisa” tells the compelling true story of art, intrigue and remarkable courage in the face of one of the most fearful enemies in history. Free. Yiddish Book Center, 1021 West St., Amherst. 413-256-4900. programs@yiddishbookcenter.org.

Valerie Abrahamsen Reading: 7 to 8 p.m. Abrahamsen will read from her 2015 book, “Paranormal: A New Testament Scholar Looks at the Afterlife.” Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., Brattleboro, Vt. valabrah@gmail.com.

Tiana Clark Poetry Reading: 7:30 p.m. Free. Campus Center’s Carroll Room, 100 Elm St., Northampton. 413-585-2190. mhobbes@smith.edu.

Music

Cheshiremen Chorus: 7 to 9:30 p.m. Men of all ages are welcome. Free. United Church of Christ, 23 Central Square, Keene, N.H. 877-312-7467. info@cheshiremen.org.

New Horizons Adult Band Concert: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Snow date of Dec. 11. Free. Congregation Ahavis Achim, 84 Hastings Ave., Keene, N.H. 603-209-2614. davidmorse39@gmail.com.

Northampton Jazz Workshop: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. New York City-based saxophonist Rob Scheps and drummer Bill Goodwin will be guest artists with the Green Street Trio, followed by an open jazz jam session. $5. City Sports Grille, 525 Pleasant St., Northampton. paulphiliparslanian@gmail.com.

Jazz Ensemble I: 7:30 p.m. Directed by Jeffrey W. Holmes. Music by Thad Jones, Snarky Puppy and students, plus holiday favorites. Bowker Auditorium in Stockbridge Hall, 100 Holdsworth Way, Amherst.

Rebirth Brass Band: 7 p.m. This New Orleans heavy funk brass institution is committed to upholding brass band traditions while incorporating modern music. $25 in advance; $30 day of show. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

Potpourri

Wrapping Festive Garlic Wands: 3 to 5 p.m. With Daniel Botkin of Laughing Dog Farm. Create a decorative and edible treat from fresh garlic using herbs, flowers and recycled materials. Free. Quabbin Harvest, 12 North Main St., Orange.

Wednesday, 5Literary Arts

Creacion Latin Big Band: 7 p.m. Twenty-piece big band with Frances Rahaim plays salsa, cha cha, boogaloo, merengue, cumbia, son and bolero. Open dance floor. Every first and third Wednesday. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

Salsa Wednesdays with McCoy and DJ Roger Jr.: 8 p.m. Dance instruction from 8 to 9, followed by Latin dance night. $3 cover; $10 dance lesson and cover. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

Literary Arts

Creative Writing Workshops with Main Street Writers: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Beginners and seasoned writers welcome. $25 to $45 per week. Main Street Writers, 664 Main St., Suite 60, Amherst. 413-221-4652. mainstreetwriters@gmail.com.

Speaker Sisterhood Greenfield: 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Build speaking skill and confidence with communication coach Carlyn Saltman and other motivated women. First meeting is free; $30 per month with three-month commitment. Call or email for the private Greenfield address. 413-522-0789. carlyn@carlynsaltman.com.

Music

Mount Holyoke College’s Klezmer Orchestra: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dance and table-pounding music from Eastern Europe. Violin, flute, piano, accordion, trombone, clarinet, yangqin and banjo. Adrianne Greenbaum directs. Free. Mount Holyoke College’s Warbeke Room in Pratt Hall, 50 College St., South Hadley. 413-538-2306. cwrobles@mtholyoke.edu.

Five College Early Music Collegium: 7:30 p.m. Directed by Robert Eisenstein. Music by Jacob Obrecht. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 14 Boltwood Ave., Amherst.

Kris Delmhorst: 7 p.m. Delmhorst has spent the last two decades forging a songwriting career notable for a spirit of exploration and collaboration. $18 to $21. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton. 413-341-3317. info@signaturesounds.com.

Open Mic at The Harp: 7 to 10 p.m. Free. The Harp Irish Pub, 163 Sunderland Road, North Amherst. dalereynolds@live.com.

Storm Large’s Holiday Ordeal: 7:30 p.m. Storm Large comes to the Fine Arts Center for a night of music, laughter and her wicked charm. $10 to $45. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst. 413-545-2511. facbox@umass.edu.

Ukulele Strum Along: 7 to 8 p.m. Strum with Julie Stepanek for an hour of tips, technique and music. Bring your own ukulele or call the library to reserve one. Free. Clapp Memorial Library, 19 South Main St., Belchertown. 413-323-0417. smccormick@cwmars.org.

“French Music: Past and Present”: 12:30 p.m. Katherine Saik, soprano; Volcy Pelletier, cello; and Judith Gordon, piano. Sage Hall’s Sweeney Concert Hall, 144 Green St., Northampton.

Central Javanese Gamelan Fall Concert: 8 p.m. Directed by Maho Ishiguro. Sage Hall’s Earle Recital Hall, 144 Green St., Northampton.

Wheelhouse Karaoke: 8 p.m. Free. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St., Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com.

Film

“Screening Reality: Documentary Film Production in Putin’s Russia”: 5 p.m. Lecture by Darya Khrenova, associate professor at the Moscow Institute of Culture. Seelye 201, 2 Seelye Drive, Northampton.

Potpourri

“Quick and Easy, Nutritious and Delicious”: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nutritionist Cynthia Knipe will offer ideas to help you get through the holiday season with your energy and health intact. Free. Registration required. The Hannah Grimes Center, 25 Roxbury St., Keene, N.H. 603-283-5401. Outreach@monadnockfood.coop.